Financial Assistance

LIFE and Jumpstart are community programs that minimize financial barriers to participation and facilitate access to leisure services.

These programs offer support and resources for individuals being able to access various sport and recreational activities and are intended for residents whom otherwise would not have recreational opportunities.

L.I.F.E. Program

L.I.F.E. = Leisure Involvement for Everyone

The LIFE program has been designed to provide healthy lifestyle opportunities for the residents of Oak Bay who are on limited incomes. LIFE is also available at all Greater Victoria Recreational Facilities.

How to Apply for the L.I.F.E. Program

To apply for the LIFE program, simply bring the following to an Oak Bay recreation centre reception desk (Oak Bay Recreation Centre, Henderson Recreation Centre, or Monterey Recreation Centre):

L.I.F.E. 2024 Application Form (pdf).

You will be asked for:

  1. Current identification such as a BC Services Card, BC ID, or Drivers Licence.
  2. Proof of current Oak Bay residency (utility bill, rental agreement, etc.).
  3. Previous or current year’s Notices of Assessment (NOA)* for anyone over the age of 18 in the applying family/household as proof of gross annual income.
  4. Every individual receiving an access card will require their photo to be taken.

*To obtain a copy of your NOA call Revenue Canada at 1-800-959-8281 or visit

For those individuals under extenuating circumstances who are unable to clearly provide the required application documentation an Adjudicator Form may be accepted in lieu on a case-by-case basis.

When applying for the LIFE 2024 Program, the following low-income threshold numbers will be used (Per # of People in the Household):

1 = $27,631

2 = $38,493

3 = $47,145

4 = $54,438

5 = $60,864

6 = $66,674

7+ = $73,118

You’ll Receive one of two options based on your choice at the time of application:

Option A. - L.I.F.E. Admission Card - A card will be issued to each member of an eligible household and include:

  • Unlimited free drop-in sessions at OAK BAY facilities ONLY using a scannable pass card. Valid for 2 years based on date of application approval.
  • LIFE subsidy program credit for each member of the household: $80 per Adult (19yrs+), $120 per Child/Youth (5-18yrs), and $80 per Preschooler (0-4yrs). Valid for 2 years based on date of application approval. If not used will expire. Non-transferable.
  • 52 free drop-in admissions sticker for use at OTHER GREATER VICTORIA recreation facilities. Stickers are good for one calendar year and must be replaced each year.

Option B. - A 50% off Regional Annual Pass  - A Regional Annual pass sold to an individual at half price that can be used for unlimited drop-in sessions across all Greater Victoria recreation facilities. Valid for 1 year. Monthly payment option is available.


  • Subsidy program credits, Discount coupons, drop-in admissions, and memberships are non-transferable and are not eligible for general cash or credit.

Other Information:

  • Participants must have their picture taken for their LIFE card.
  • Replacement cards with stickers will be prorated by subtracting four visits per month from the date of issue up to the date the card is replaced.
  • An Adjudicator Form (pdf) is available during this time to assist those who would like to access the benefits of the L.I.F.E. program, but may not have income or residence information available. 

For more information, please contact Oak Bay Reception at 250-595-7946.




About the Jumpstart program.

What’s at the very heart of being a kid?

PLAY. It’s as simple as that.

The Canadian Tire Jumpstart program is a community-based charitable program that helps kids in need participate in organized sports and recreational activities. Soccer, swimming, and dancing are just a few of the fun activities waiting to be discovered.

It means “yes” to more kids gaining the life-long health benefits, confidence and social skills that come from being active at an early age. And of course, it means “yes” to fun.

How to become involved.

One way for children between the ages of 5-18 years to access funds from the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program is to sign up for the LIFE program at any recreational facility in Greater Victoria.

Funds are allocated each season. Contact your local recreation centre to enquire about these funds.